The Philadelphia 76ers can add a future Hall of Famer and familiar face like Allen Iverson to get better. Whether it is for recruiting, marketing or advertising purposes, Iverson can be particularly useful next summer when the Sixers will look at bringing in superstar free agents.
Aside from open cap space and recent hiring of head coach Brett Brown, the Sixers can use the recently retired Iverson to talk to stars like LeBron James, Luol Deng, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade and Danny Granger into committing to the Sixers. It’s likely the Sixers will bring in a franchise player via free agency or the draft based on the personnel decisions and current roster.
Iverson can work with the Sixers on going all out to convince a marquee free agent to sign with the team, as will every other team with salary cap space next summer. Teams have used a strategy of having a former franchise player attempt to sway a free agent player to sign with that team such as what the Miami Heat have done using James and Wade to bring in Ray Allen and what the Houston Rockets have done by bringing in Yao Ming to help convince Dwight Howard to sign this summer. While the players usually look at the financial side and their expected role with the team, it does help with their decision.
The only issue may be Iverson’s rocky relationships with his teams and off the court issues. However, the role of consultant or recruiter might fit Iverson, who seems to be looking at getting his life straight and also attempting to get out of financial trouble. Plus, he wouldn’t have too worry about many responsibilities of his position.
The 6-foot Iverson averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists, 2.2 assists and shot 42.5 percent from the field in 14 seasons with the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies and two stints with the Sixers.